Local Vendor Spotlight: Austin EastCiders
1. What led you to start Austin Eastciders?
At the beginning of the 20th century, cider was the #1 beverage in America. Then came Prohibition, which resulted in America’s cider apples orchards being destroyed. When people here began making cider again in the 90s, culinary apples were the only ones widely available. That’s why American ciders today are known for being overly sweet. We set out to make America fall in love with cider all over again by making it the traditional way.
2. What kind of apples do you use?
We use real cider apples that we source from Europe. Unlike culinary apples, cider apples are full of tannins that create astringency and a much more complex flavor profile. We then marry them with apples from Washington State.
3. How would you describe the flavor of your ciders?
Austin Eastciders ciders are perfectly-balanced ciders that are dry, clean, crisp, refreshing and taste almost too good going down.
4. What are some of your favorite pairings?
There’s no question our ciders are great on their own. They fill the role of beer in some ways. They fill the role of wine or champagne in others. They also happen to adapt quite nicely all around the drink world. From Pineapple serving as the base in an $18 cocktail to our Texas Honey whiskey on poker night, there’s no wrong way to enjoy Austin Eastciders. As far as food goes, Austin Eastciders pairs well with really anything from a cheese board to barbecue to a five-course dinner.
5. What kind of new products can we expect in the future?
Our Research & Development department is constantly experimenting with new flavors and styles, some of which you can try in our tap room opening in November!